Katumba Wamala

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Katumba Wamala
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Born19 November 1956
ResidenceKampala, Uganda
Alma materNkumba University
(Bachelor of Arts in international relations & diplomacy)
Uganda Military Academy
(Basic Officers Course)
Tanzania Military Academy
(Junior Staff College)
Nigerian Command and Staff College
(Senior Staff College)
US Army Command and General Staff College
(Strategic studies course)
OccupationMilitary officer
Years activesince 1981
Known forMilitary
Home townKalangala

Edward Katumba Wamala, more commonly known as Katumba Wamala, is a Ugandan general who has been minister of state for works in the Cabinet of Uganda since 17 January 2017.[1]

He previously served as the chief of defense forces of Uganda, the highest military rank in the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF), from 2013 until 2017. He was the commander of land forces in the UPDF from 2005 to 2013. He also served as the inspector general of police (IGP) of the Uganda Police Force (UPF), the highest rank in that branch of Uganda's government, from 2001 until 2005. Wamala was the first active UPDF soldier to serve as the head of the UPF.[citation needed]


He was born on 19 November 1956 in Bweeza, Kalangala District, Ssese Islands.[2]


Katumba holds a certificate in agriculture. In 2007, he graduated from Nkumba University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and diplomacy. He also holds a Master of Science degree in strategic leadership from the United States Army War College.[3][4] He has military qualifications from the following military schools:[5] Uganda Military Academy, Tanzania Military Academy, a military academy in the Soviet Union, Nigerian Command and Staff College, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and United States Army War College.


Wamala was an officer in the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) when the National Resistance Army (NRA) defeated the UNLA in 1986. He transitioned into the NRA without incident.[6]

Between 1999 and 2000, he was a student at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Between 2000 and 2001, at the rank of major general, he commanded the UPDF forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was appointed IGP in 2001, serving in that capacity until 2005. He was then promoted to lieutenant general and given the title of commander of land forces, based at Bombo Military Barracks, making him one of the highest senior officers in the Ugandan military.[7] In his role as commander of the land forces, he was closely engaged in the peace-keeping mission that the UPDF performs in Somalia, commonly referred to as AMISOM.[8]

On 23 May 2013, he was promoted to the rank of four-star general and appointed chief of defence forces.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bwambale, Taddeo (10 January 2017). "Muhoozi replaces Katumba as army chief". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  2. ^ Candia, Steven (31 October 2005). "Police Will Miss Katumba Wamala". New Vision. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  3. ^ "The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala". specialforcescommand.go.ug.
  4. ^ Tebajjukira, Madinah (22 April 2007). "Uganda: General Katumba Gets First Class Degree". New Vision via AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  5. ^ Candia, Steven (31 October 2005). "The Military Education of Katumba Wamala". New Vision. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  6. ^ Kato, Joshua (5 September 2005). "Rebels Turned UPDF Commanders". New Vision. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  7. ^ Candia, Steven (3 November 2005). "Major General Kale Kaihura Takes Over Police Force". New Vision. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  8. ^ Ondoga, Ayiga (14 February 2010). "Over 1,700 UPDF Soldiers for Somalia". New Vision. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  9. ^ Tugume, John (24 May 2013). "General Katumba Wamala To Head The Uganda Army". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 12 May 2014.

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Police appointments
Preceded by
John Kisembo
Inspector General of Police of Uganda Police Force
Succeeded by
Kale Kayihura
Military offices
Preceded by
Aronda Nyakairima
Chief of Defense Forces of Uganda
2013 – 2017
Succeeded by
David Muhoozi